Myanmar is stepping up efforts for stability and development in riot-hit western Rakhine state in accordance with set roadmap, official media reported Tuesday.
As part of the efforts, the government is trying to complete the citizenship scrutinizing process in the state involving both the communities of ethnic Rakhine and Kaman peoples as early as possible, Vice President Sai Mauk Kham was quoted as saying.
"Only when the scrutinization task is completed, will the mistrust between the two communities in Rakhine state be removed," Sai told a coordination meeting of the Central Committee for Restoring Community Peace and Stability in Rakhine State.
Sai tasked the work committee to draw plan for providing food to the internally-displaced people in the state next year.
"Though restoration of community peace has achieved success to a certain extent, some conflicts occurred in some parts unexpectedly," he said, citing the latest recurrence of riot in Thandwe.
He was saddened by the series of riots in Rakhine state, Meikhtila, Pyay, Lashio and Kantbulu which he said have strained the relations between Myanmar and some ASEAN member nations, hindered the flow of foreign investment to Myanmar, especially to Kyaukpyu Special Economic Zone in Rakhine state, the government efforts of reform and poverty alleviation.
Meanwhile, Myanmar President U Thein Sein, whose tour to the state coincided with the Thandwe incident, told local ethnic Rakhine and Kaman people in Thandwe that his government will use all ways and means vested by the constitution for restoring peace and stability and ensuring rule of law in the state.
A renewed communal violence, triggered by an argument over the parking of a three-wheeled motorbike in front of a shop, broke out in Thandwe on Sept. 29, killing five people and injuring five others.
A total of 59 houses, two religious buildings and one fuel station in more than 10 villages were also burnt down in three days until Oct. 1 during the riot.